RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR: ARMENIA WILL HAVE TO GIVE AWAY PART OF SOVEREIGNTY
By joining the Customs Union, Armenia will have to give away part of its sovereignty, Russian Ambassador Ivan Volynkin said in an interview with RFE/RL Armenian office. The ambassador added that the other members of the Customs Union, including Russia, also gave away part of their sovereignty.

As regards concerns in Yerevan that after joining the Customs Union, Armenia will lose its sovereignty and a new USSR will be formed, the ambassador said,” Didn’t the member states of the European Union sacrifice part of their sovereignty when they formed that European alliance? Some of those countries even sacrificed some sectors of their industry and agriculture. By the way, the Customs Union does not require such sacrifices. Moreover, Armenia’s industry and agriculture will receive an additional impetus for development and use of the Eurasian market”.

Speaking about the concerns related to a return to the Soviet Union, Volynkin said, ‘The Soviet Union is a thing of the past, and there will be no return to the Soviet Union with its positive and negative sides. I am absolutely certain that there will be no new USSR. These states (Customs Union members) will not lose their sovereignty in full. They will undoubtedly have to give away part of their sovereignty to supranational bodies. This is what happens in all integration processes in the world.”

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